Orlando Magic lose to Golden State
The Orlando Magic fell to the Golden State Warriors 103-89 on Tuesday night to start off the four game West Coast road trip. The Magic were led in scoring by Nik Vucevic with 15 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter. The Warriors were paced by Stephen Curry with 23 points.
Orlando was able to stay with the powerful Warriors in the first half with good shooting and hustle, but ultimately Golden State was too much on this night. A poor third quarter proved costly, as guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were unguardable. The Magic will need to put this behind them quickly, as the road trip continues in Phoenix tomorrow night.
Orlando stated the game out strongly and the chemistry and energy that’s present since Kyle O’Quinn has been insterted in the starting lineup seems to have provided a mini spark. It gives them more size and bulk up front, and the chemistry between O’Quinn and Nik Vucevic is very good. This enables Coach Vaughn to bring in scoring and energy with Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris coming off the bench. Lets hope this continues for the rest of the season to see what can develop with KOQ and Vooch. The Magic shot very well in the first half, the only disparity coming from the free throw line.
The second half started with a thud as Golden State has so many weapons, and so many ways to beat you. Jameer Nelson couldn’t stay with Curry and Thompson was too much physically for Arron Afflalo. The Warriors seemed to bring big, athletic bodies off the bench in waves, along with crafty veterans like Steve Blake.
The remainder of the game was essentially garbage time for both teams. As always, the Magic played with great energy but the lack of talent was very evident tonight. The Magic forgot the formula that is going to make them successful, settling for way too many jump shots and three point attempts.
Hopefully this west coast road trip will be a chance for them to grow as a team and get back to attacking the rim and playing off each other. Golden State would be a squad the young Magic should try to emulate as this rebuild continues.
Tune in tomorrow night at 10pm, as the Magic head to Phoenix to take on the Suns.
Matt Jensen is new to the MBO team and a proud contributing writer. He operates as MBO’s Sr. Sioux Falls Correspondent. Follow him on Twitter here